Electricity Requirements for a Digital Society
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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Many Americans believe the country is moving toward a digital society that entails increased use of the Internet and other information and communications technologies ICTs in their daily lives. While it is widely accepted that ICTs will have a profound effect on individuals and organizations over the next two decades, there is little agreement about what those changes imply in terms of electricity and other energy needs. Would a dramatic shift to an electronic marketplace along with ultra-wired households, schools, and workplaces sharply increase electricity use Our study examined the potential impact of expanded ICT use on electricity consumption and system capability in the United States. We conclude that even large growth in the deployment and use of digital technologies will only modestly increase electricity consumption in the United States over the next two decades. The more pressing concern for an emerging digital society will be meeting increased need for higher-quality and more-reliable power.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution